About Functional Medicine

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Functional medicine sees you, the patient, as a whole person, with a unique history, a unique set of circumstances, and a unique set of genes that interact to create your health, or the experience of disease. Functional Medicine does not apply a standard protocol to each problem. This is not “one-size-fits-all” medicine.

Through the unique partnership between you, the patient and myself, the doctor, the Functional Medicine approach produces a comprehensive plan for maximizing health. Beyond just alleviating symptoms or slowing the progression of disease, Functional Medicine is integrative, science-based healthcare that focuses on addressing the underlying cause of illness, as well as the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

Functional medicine practitioners spend a lot of time with their patients, listening to their histories and investigating the complex interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.

Through this comprehensive evaluation, and development of a personalized wellness program, functional medicine practitioners help you to regain control over your health and make changes to support a lifetime of wellness.

Core Principles of Functional Medicine – Seeing and Treating The Whole Person

  • Each person is unique, with unique healthcare needs.
  • Health is more than simply the absence of disease.
  • Balanced biochemistry is essential to proper functioning.
  • Medicine must be personalized for the individual.

Looking Inside

Functional medicine is science-based and uses a variety of lab tests to help understand how your individual body systems function. To assess where your imbalances lie, we may utilize appropriate, comprehensive lab testing to assess:

  • Genetic variations
  • Metabolic functioning
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances
  • Immune and inflammatory imbalances
  • Oxidation problems
  • Neurotransmitter and hormonal issues
  • Detoxification and biotransformation problems

Using this detailed information, we create a customized wellness plan just for you.